Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Mayapple, Mandrake

Mayapple, Mandrake

Podophyllum peltatum

Part to full shade, medium to moderately dry moisture level, prefers rich humusy soil, slightly acid to neutral pH.  12-18 inches height, blooms late spring to early summer, white flowers, spreads aggressively by rhizomes.

Germination Code:  C(90)

Native Region:  Statewide

Flowers are showy but are usually hidden under the umbrella-like leaves.  Fruit is a large, fleshy yellow berry.  Plant’s long rhizomes can rapidly  spread into a large colony.  Goes dormant in summer.  Grows under deciduous trees, not under pines.


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